Boat Rocker Media
Toronto, ON

SVP Business & Legal Affairs


About Us:

Boat Rocker Media is an independent, integrated global entertainment company that creates, produces, and distributes premium scripted, unscripted, live action and animated kids and family content for all platforms, manages top global talent, and develops and monetizes brands and intellectual property.


The Role:

Boat Rocker Media is seeking an experienced SVP, Business & Legal Affairs to provide counsel and oversight on scripted, non-scripted, animation and kids & family development, production and distribution matters.  The SVP will partner with internal creative and production clients to provide business and legal affairs advice, anticipate potential issues, problem solve, and manage workflow. The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of legal practice within the entertainment/media industry and experience managing a team.  As a key member of the senior leadership group, the SVP, Business & Legal Affairs will report to the Chief Corporate Office (COO) & General Counsel.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee business and legal affairs functions related to the Company’s Canadian productions, including all phases of development, structuring, negotiating and drafting production, international distribution, international co-production deals, and related ancillary agreements.
  • Provide counsel and assistance on U.S. based productions as needed.
  • Negotiate and draft IP licensing agreements, talent deals, broadcast license and distribution agreements, equity agreements, interim financing agreements.
  • Liaise with agents, broadcasters, distributors, funding agencies, guilds and tax credit authorities.
  • Provide strategic advice to creative and production executives on clearance issues, talent guild matters, funding agency requirements, and legal and regulatory matters, and advise on general legal and corporate matters.
  • Supervise and train members of the business and legal affairs team and collaborate with other senior leaders in the business and legal affairs department.
  • Maintain awareness and understanding of the latest developments in the law as they relate to the development, production and distribution of content.
  • Coordinate with and manage outside legal counsel on various legal matters, if applicable.



  • Qualified lawyer with a minimum of 10+ years of relevant entertainment/media industry experience
  • Significant management ability and experience vis-à-vis other business affairs professionals.
  • Extensive experience in transactional television production and distribution deals
  • Expert knowledge of the Canadian funding environment including CAVCO and provincial tax credit regulations, CMF guidelines, and Telefilm co-production treaties.
  • Experience with production financing (including interim financing) and recoupment modelling.
  • Expert knowledge of Canadian guilds (WGC, DGC, and ACTRA) and union regulations, working knowledge of US guilds (WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA) and related legal trends and business practices.
  • Ability to top-line issues for senior executives and producers on a daily basis and communicate in a clear, concise and succinct manner.


Personal Attributes:

  • Entrepreneurial, proactive, and energetic, with solid values and ethics.
  • Able to manage competing priorities, meet deadlines and manage a high volume of work.
  • Strong, confident, clear and persuasive communication skills, both orally and written, with the ability to present and communicate ideas and concepts at all levels.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to establish credibility, respect and strong relationships with a broad range of diverse internal and external business partners.
  • Team player, good motivator, creative problem-solver and a high achiever.
  • Able to think strategically with strong project management, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Aptitude to take on increased responsibility within the organization in the future.


Boat Rocker Media is committed to providing a fair and equitable work environment and encourages applications from qualified people, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Boat Rocker Media is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible candidate experience. If you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. We will work with you to meet your needs.


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Additional Details

Category: Finance
Boat Rocker Media
310 King St. East
Toronto, ON, CA
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Tags: Legal, Law
Posted: Dec 22, 2022
Deadline: OPEN
Type: Full-time
Experience: Intermediate
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